Men's Tennis Opens Its Season At Home

Sept. 9, 2010

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland men's tennis team opens its season Friday at home against Catholic at 3:30 p.m. The Greyhounds will then head to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

"The reason we play Catholic is because Marty Dowd has been there for 48 years, and we have become good friends over the last 31 years of competing against each other," said Head Coach Rick McClure. "It is a great opportunity for us to play a lot of players. Tomorrow should be a fun day in regards to having eight to nine players get the chance to suit up and play tennis."

The Loyola women will not open its season until next weekend in Lewisburg, Pa., at the Bucknell Invitational on Friday-Sunday, September 17-19.

Head Coach Rick McClure enters his 32nd season with the men and his 23rd season with the women.

The men return five seniors, three juniors and four sophomores to this year's roster in addition to four freshmen. The women are returning three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and have three freshmen competing on this year's roster.

"We had 16 athletes come out," said McClure about the men's team. "We are in the process of developing our team and setting up our ladder."

"We have five athletes abroad in the fall," said McClure about the women's team. "We have eight athletes currently, and when those five come back we will have 13 on the roster. We have four weekend tournaments and two dual matches this fall. It will be a great opportunity for athletes who would never play in the line up to travel with the team, bond with the team and get the opportunity to wear Loyola clothes and compete in a Division I program."

Last season, the men's and women's teams made it all the way to the MACC Championship Semifinals. The men fell to Marist, 4-0, while the women lost to Marist, 4-3. The women finished the season with a 13-6 overall record and the men were 12-6.

"We have five of our six singles coming back and two of our three doubles," said McClure about the men's team. "We are hoping for good success in the tournaments in the fall and also to have a winning record in the spring. We were third place in the MAAC for the last two years which is good for us. We have high hopes for the men to be very successful."